Dare to Dream… with Pro-Direct Soccer Academy
Dare to Dream was an opportunity for 64 talented football players who are playing at Under 16 or Under 17 to attend a 2 night stay residential event in, held by Pro-Direct Soccer and Pro-Direct Soccer Academy. During the event the players received coaching from top level qualified professional coaches and lecturer sessions from expect in the game including mental toughness and fitness. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for talented players to raise their profile, showcase their abilities to influential names in UK football and US soccer and live their dream. Players came from Iceland, Holland, Lancaster, Essex, London, Sussex, Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey.
The 16 most talented players were chosen to play in the Dare to Dream Final on 11th April against a Manchester City Academy side at their training ground with 1 lucky player being chosen to receive a £30,00 scholarship at private college under the Pro Direct Academy Programme. The training sessions and training games were attended by a number of scouts from numerous professional clubs.
AFC Brooklands had 3 players that attended the event Charlie Budd, Matt Taylor and Calum Hartin. The completion for places was extremely tough and each of the boys did extremely well and did the club credit.
Matt Taylor was the only Surrey based player to be selected in the final 16.
One the 11th April the boys were given an exclusive tour of the Etihad Stadium in the morning and played against the Man City Academy team in the afternoon. It was an excellent match to watch with the Pro Direct Academy side playing the better football for the first 2 periods. Matt made the starting 11 in the lone striker role in a 4-3-2-1 formation. The quality of the football played by both side was extremely high which was expected as a number of players had spent time in the Pro Direct Academy.
Matt said “it was a great opportunity and thanks the Surrey Pro Direct Academy and AFC Brooklands coaches for their support over the years”.
AFC Brooklands is a big supporter of the Pro Direct Academy, Matt has been training with Pro Direct Coaches for 7 years. We believe that the Pro Direct approach and ethos on developing players is excellent has a formal link with Pro Direct, we are going to be announcing new opportunities with the Pro Direct Academy in the very near future.